To curb Indonesian deforestation, public pressure required

Photo by Rahmawaty Hamsuddin

Photo by Rahmawaty Hamsuddin

BOGOR, Indonesia — With Indonesia’s pro-environment president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono leaving office this year, questions are arising about how the change in the presidency will affect the country’s efforts to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by reducing deforestation.

But presidential backing for a reform may be less important than public support and a shift in political culture, an analysis of Indonesian politics and REDD+ suggests.

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